Tonight I hung out in VR and watched Anime. It was awesome. We live in the future.
Altspace VR was featured in a Gizmodo article I read last year showcasing Dungeons and Dragons in VR. I was curious, so I downloaded the client yesterday and have been poking around Altspace and chatting with anyone I ran into about the experience. (Including a brief conversation with Altspace CEO Eric Romo)
This is my first VR selfie. I picked a pink robed-being-thing as my avatar from the selection of several avatars with customizable options. Pink, clearly for the hair, but also I thought it was kinda fun. In this picture I'm chilling out in a custom space that I made for myself in Altspace, where I hung out and watched the Kazoo Kid Remix video on loop like a dozen times. It was my personal nook in the metaverse, and I could do whatever I wanted: Mosco's Event Space was born!
Tonight, I came back and decided to watch something longer. I watched the classic anime heist anime Riding Bean which I found on YouTube and just hung out. Hanging out tonight made me think of D&D in VR and how it scratches a secret desire of mine to run a home campaign in VR. This obsession started in 2000 when VTM: Redemption came out. I had been "storytelling" (as it was the preferred term in the White Wolf universe) since the mid 90's, and plenty of D&D and Robotech (Palladium) before that. VTM:R promised a robust "multiplayer" experience and the ability to "storytell" players by creating custom made encounters with interactive NPCs. It was terrible. At best I probably put 5-6 hours into setting up a few scenes for a campaign, and had maybe 2 actual players get to go through pieces of it. The whole thing was clunky and non-immersive.
I think Altspace has a platform that I could run an RPG on though. I've played around with the D&D space a little and see how (with enough preproduction) you could create a really compelling table-top experience. There a lot of possibilities there. My mind is a blaze with ideas, and I'm enjoying testing out the various features too. Can't wait to eventually try it out on my Gear (coming soon from what I hear).